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Grady Saunders, founder, and president of Heritage Coffee once said “A freshly brewed cup of coffee can warm a cold morning, cure the afternoon blahs, and provide a happy ending to a wonderful dinner. Friendships are nurtured over coffee​​​​​​​....

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 “Artigiano” means artisan in Italian- a person immersed in a craft who through practice achieves excellence using their hands, head and heart in all that they create. This could not describe the coffees or talented baristas at Caffè Artigiano any.....

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The Hawaiian island of Kauai, nicknamed “The Garden Isle”, is known for its unique geography and unparalleled natural beauty. With 97% of its land covered by verdant undeveloped mountain ranges and lush, tropical rainforests, Kauai truly is one of the most breathtaking islands in the....

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Just the mention of Kona coffee and most coffee aficionados know that java from Hawaii’s Big Island is premium—and for a darn good reason. One of the most expensive coffees in the world, its fine reputation is....

Who knew coffee tasting could be this fun? That’s exactly what we asked ourselves after our experience with “coffee cupping” at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters.....

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Located on the grounds of the picturesque, historic 125-year old Bernardo Winery in North County San Diego, Manzanita Roasting Company opened for business in December 2015. They are a small enterprising firm with a mission....

When stars align, magic happens.

And so it was for Yasmine and Deshundrix Wooten. Both professional photographers, the Wootens had been out on a photo shoot and....

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Like any big city, San Diego has its share of coffee shops. People come in, order their coffee, and move along with their busy day. But, it doesn’t happen quite this way at The Kouch by Simon Says.....

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North Beach, the “Little Italy” of San Francisco is historically home to a large Italian population. And it was here on April 1, 1956 that Giovanni “Papa Gianni” Giotta, an Italian immigrant from Trieste opened his café.....

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You can’t go anywhere in Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico, without recognizing the flagship coffee company’s colorful blue-bag label with Baja’s most photographed landmark, El Arco. The Arch, as it’s referred to in English, is the demarcation line between....

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The outdoor thermometer reads a sizzling 105 degrees Fahrenheit as I’m strolling along Palm Canyon Drive, the main drag of the California desert city of Palm Springs. I am on a quest for a cup of coffee. As crazy as that sounds, it’s not what ....

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Destination Articles

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It was raining as we boarded the car ferry from St. Thomas to St. John, one of the most beautiful of the U.S. Virgin Islands. In five minutes, the rain stopped and a rainbow appeared. 15 minutes later, we were arriving a world away from busier....

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Known as the gateway to the Sea of Cortez, La Paz (literally “The Peace” in Spanish) lies two hours north of Cabo and is Baja peninsula’s largest city.  Its relaxed breezy seaside port inspired John Steinbeck’s novel “The Pearl.” ......

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“You must visit Isla Mujeres,” a Mexican friend told us. "It’s a magical place.”

Spanish for “Island of Women” Isla Mujeres is a small archipelago in the Mexican Caribbean just 12.5 miles from Cancun. 

Accessible by ferry or boat from Puerto Juarez, a day trip to this captivating island and its bountiful nature is a must-do for those vacationing in Cancun or Riviera Maya.

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Herb Caen, San Francisco journalist once said “One day if I go to heaven… I’ll look around and say ‘It ain’t bad. But it ain’t San Francisco.'” Whether a first visit or a 50th, this beautiful, exciting and diverse town knows just how to do it right. It somehow manages to magically blend its colorful history with cosmopolitan.....

Food & Wine Articles

Food is religion in New Orleans, and this area is definitely one of America’s best-known culinary meccas.

The cuisine is distinctive, unique, rich and spicy all at the same time and heavily influenced by its Creole, Cajun, and African-American cultures. It’s no wonder so many famous chefs have come out of New Orleans to become ....

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Food is religion in New Orleans, and this area is definitely one of America’s best-known culinary meccas.

The cuisine is distinctive, unique, rich and spicy all at the same time and heavily influenced by its Creole, Cajun, and African-American cultures. It’s no wonder so many famous chefs have come out of New Orleans to become ....

Food is religion in New Orleans, and this area is definitely one of America’s best-known culinary meccas.

The cuisine is distinctive, unique, rich and spicy all at the same time and heavily influenced by its Creole, Cajun, and African-American cultures. It’s no wonder so many famous chefs have come out of New Orleans to become ....

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A Wine Renaissance. That’s what San Diegans are calling it. A new and innovative approach is breathing new life in the local wine industry and it’s brought to the community as LJ Certified WinesLocated in the seaside neighborhood community...

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The historic gold mining town of Julian is probably best known for its homegrown apples and award-winning pies. But located just three miles from town, there’s another jeweled-find, an incredible restaurant called Jeremy’s On the ​​​​​​​....

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Randall Robinson once said “People need their history like they need air and food.”

Surround food by history and somehow it just seems to taste better. And so it was with our visit to Dobson’s Bar and Restaurant in San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, where history oozes from every corner of this classic eatery.

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“Would you like to know the story of this table?” asks our tuxedoed maître d’ Matt with a proud smile.

We are at historic Melvyn’s in Palm Springs and have just been seated in a spectacular corner table with a great view of the chandeliered ....

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La Cocina de Doña Esthela

The wafting smell of fresh cooked tortillas, meats and spices greets us on arrival to the warm, welcoming restaurant of La Cocina de Doña Esthela in the heart of Valle de Guadalupe’s wine country and the Baja food scene. It is lunch time and her restaurant is packed with jovial patrons, American and Mexican, anxious to taste yet another of Doña Esthela’s magical.....

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“There’s nothing like a winemaker having their own footprints in the vineyard” says Denise Clarke, co-owner of Altipiano Winery in North County San Diego. “I come from a long line of farmers and always loved having my hands in the.....

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Benjamin Franklin once said that “Wine is proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.” And happy is what’s happening at Volcan Mountain Winery and there’s no doubt about that.

Located at the base of the 4,200 foot Volcan Mountain, the picturesque winery sits just outside the historic gold-mining town of Julian. Here Mike Hart and his brother, renowned winemaker and

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Located on Georgia’s picturesque St. Simon’s Island, this seafood restaurant was a not-to-be missed highlight of our visit to this award-winning Golden Isle. As one island resident proclaimed to a couple browsing the menu outside the restaurant “Trust me. If you only have the opportunity to experience one of the island’s restaurants, believe me, this is it”. We overheard the comment...

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Located on Georgia’s picturesque St. Simon’s Island, this seafood restaurant was a not-to-be missed highlight of our visit to this award-winning Golden Isle. As one island resident proclaimed to a couple browsing the menu outside the restaurant “Trust me. If you only have the opportunity to experience one of the island’s restaurants, believe me, this is it”. We overheard the comment...

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“Casual dining by the sea” is how the concierge described Punta Bonita Restaurante, located on the pristine beaches of the Riviera Maya. That description didn’t even come close to capturing the essence of our visit to Mayakoba or our exquisite, memorable...

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Sustainable Living Articles

“We are the trailblazers,” said George with a twinkle in his eye. “The naysayers said grapes would not grow well in this region. Well, they did and they do. We’re doing something here that’s never been done before.Beach House Winery is the first vineyard-winery in the city of Oceanside since Prohibition.”....

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The kitchen is the heart of the home, but it can be a tsunami of disheartening toxins and carcinogens. With the new year upon us, it’s the perfect time to consider not only eating healthier, but also eliminating unhealthy substances from the kitchen and restocking it with safer, environmentally .....

With plenty of sunshine and a year-round growing season, it's not hard to imagine that San Diego has plenty of farmers markets to choose from when looking for the freshest produce possible. In fact, the region has more than 6,500 farms throughout ...

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British author Glen Duncan said “Coffee justifies the existence of the word aroma.” And it was the fragrant, aromatic scent of coffee beans roasting that lured me to this coffee roaster’s.....

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When Roger “Roddy” Browning and his wife and partner Aaron found a building for rent in the coastal community of Oceanside in 2011, they knew the stars had aligned for their new restaurant, Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen. Even curious locals stopped by and .....